John Cassavetes

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Primarily known as an actor early in his career, John Cassavetes would later be regarded as one of the most daring and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century, attributed by many as the artist who shaped the current ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1929 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

John Cassavetes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

Robert Harmon (Actor)

Marvin and Tige 1983 (Movie)

Marvin Stewart (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Phillip Dimitrious (Actor)

The Haircut 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Incubus 1981 (Movie)

Dr Sam Cordell (Actor)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

Dr Michael Emerson (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

Maurice Aarons (Actor)

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

Major Joe DeLuca (Actor)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Childress (Actor)

Mikey and Nicky 1976 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Sergeant Chris Button (Actor)

Capone 1975 (Movie)

Frankie Yale (Actor)

Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 (Movie)

Husband (Actor)

Husbands 1970 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Machine Gun McCain 1970 (Movie)

Hank McCain (Actor)

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

Card Player (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Guy Woodhouse (Actor)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

Victor Franko (Actor)

Devil's Angels 1966 (Movie)

Cody (Actor)

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

Johnny North (Actor)

The Webster Boy 1962 (Movie)

Vance Miller (Actor)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Virgin Island 1959 (Movie)

Evan (Actor)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

Tony Sinclair (Actor)

Affair in Havana 1957 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

Frankie Dane (Actor)

Edge of the City 1956 (Movie)

Axel North (Actor)

The Night Holds Terror 1955 (Movie)

Robert Batsford (Actor)

Fourteen Hours 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Edge of Outside (TV Show)

Actor

Nightside (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (15)

Killing of A Chinese Bookie (remake) 2013 (Movie)

original screenplay (Screenplay)

Julia 2009 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Gloria") (Source Material)

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

from original screenplay("Gloria") (From Story)

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman Under the Influence 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Husbands 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shadows 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (12)

A Woman Under the Influence 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Husbands 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Shadows 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

("Love Streams Operetta" "A Piece of Pie" "Love Cannot Stay" "Almost in Love With You") (Song)

Biography

Primarily known as an actor early in his career, John Cassavetes would later be regarded as one of the most daring and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century, attributed by many as the artist who shaped the current definition of independent film. As a young performer, Cassavetes found his early roles in mainstream productions like "Edge of the City" (1957) creatively unsatisfying. Determined to prove he could do better, he embarked on a three-year odyssey that yielded his debut as a writer-director - the racial identity drama "Shadows" (1959). Though not a commercial hit, "Shadows" earned Cassavetes enough critical acclaim to attract Hollywood, although the resulting films left him chaffing under the control of the studio system. In response, Cassavetes created a system of his own - one in which he would act in major productions like "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) in order to fund independent endeavors of his own. Over the course of the next 15 years Cassavetes wrote, directed and occasionally performed in such thought-provoking works as "Faces" (1968), "Husbands" (1970), "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974), "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976), "Gloria" (1980) and "Love Streams" (1984). Each film featured some combination of his frequent acting collaborators, including wife Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara and Seymour Cassel. While professional acting was a mere means to an end, Cassavetes pursued his own artistic truth and provided audiences with new experiences through his deeply personal films.

Relationships

Father
Greek-born businessman

Katherine Cassavetes Actor

Mother
Born December 9th, 1929 in New York City, New York Died February 3rd, 1989 in Los Angeles, California

Zoe R Cassavetes Actor

Daughter
Born June 29, 1970; mother, Gena Rowlands

Katherine Cassavetes

Mother

Nick Cassavetes Actor

Son
Born May 21, 1959; mother, Gena Rowlands

Alexandra Cassavetes

Daughter
born in September 1965

Zoe Cassavetes

Daughter
born in June 1970

Nicholas Cassavetes

Son
born in 1959

Gena Rowlands Actor

Wife
Married April 9, 1954 until his death Feb. 3, 1989

EDUCATION

Colgate University

Hamilton , New York
transferred

Mohawk Valley Community College

Utica , New York

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1950

Milestones

1986

Directed final film "Big Trouble"

1981

Refurbished theater in Hollywood ("Center Theater") and built acting company

1980

Debut as playwright, "The East/West Game" produced in Los Angeles

1980

Helmed "Gloria", with Rowlands as a tough gun moll who reluctantly cares for an orphan

1974

Received Academy Award nomination as Best Director for "A Woman Under the Influence"; film starred Rowlands and Peter Falk; Rowlands also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar

1969

Directed himself in "Husbands"

1968

Began practice of previewing films on college campuses with "Faces", co-starring Rowlands; earned Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination

1968

Co-starred as Mia Farrow's husband in the thriller "Rosemary's Baby"

1967

Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "The Dirty Dozen"

1962

Directed wife Gena Rowlands in "A Child Is Waiting"; also featured Judy Garland

1961

Debut as film producer, "Too Late Blues"

1961

Hired by Paramount to direct; contract terminated after failure of "Too Late Blues"

1960

Film directing debut with "Shadows"

1955

First film as star, "The Night Holds Terror/Crime in the Streets"

1953

Television acting debut in "Paso Doble" on "Omnibus" series

1953

First film as supporting actor, "Taxi"

1953

First Broadway play as stage manager, "The Fifth Season"

1951

First film as extra, "14 Hours"

1950

Professional acting debut with a Providence, Rhode Island stock company

Starred in TV series "Johnny Staccato"

Taught method acting at Burt Lane's Drama Workshop, NYC

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